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Artwork by Hilda Esperanza Langle
July 1 – October 2, 2022
Visual Arts Center | Shultz Gallery

Hilda Esperanza Langle studied Spanish in Colombia at the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional (1984). In 2003, Esperanza studied fine arts at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D.; that year, her work “The Hungry Child” was featured on the poster for the annual McGovern Conference. Esperanza returned to Colombia, her country of origin, to study at the Instituto Caro y Cuervo, where she obtained her master’s degree in Spanish Linguistics in 2009. Esperanza presented her first charcoal exhibit at the Dakota Discovery Museum in Mitchell in fall 2010. “Sustenance” was her visual description of the wool trade of Colombian peasants. Two years later, Esperanza presented “Nature’s Pattern” at the Museum of Visual Materials in Sioux Falls, a pyrography study that followed the secret marks of trees and exposed their hidden stories. Her work “El Arbol De La Vida” (2018) was on permanent exhibit at the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House and was the product of workshops with Lincoln High School students, members of Translators of Culture and the guests at Bishop Dudley. In fall 2021, her abstract wood carving of deformed birds titled “Aviary” was exhibited at the Carver Gallery in Sioux Falls. Esperanza has taught Spanish at primary, secondary and university levels. Her love for art led her to teach it and to participate in the development of the fine arts program for the first fully certified school with the International Baccalaureate Program in Bogotá, Colombia. Today, Esperanza is a teacher at Sonia Sotomayor Elementary, the first Spanish immersion school in South Dakota. During her free time, she also develops workshops to fuse creativity, feelings and language through art. Esperanza loves being a grandmother, a mother, a reader, a dreamer and a painter of words and things.

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